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We had a blast learning about Preparedness Month with you!
At the Portland Water Bureau, we prepare as part of our daily work - hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.
This month, we shared with you the stories of your neighbors and their best preparedness efforts.
Your neighbors Darcelle of Darcelle XV Showplace, Neighborhood Emergency team member Catie and Victor of Caspian Kabob are prepared for an emergency by storing water. View their stories here: is.gd/Ypsndc.
Then we asked you to share your story. Make your own video to show your stored water. Post to www.facebook.com/portlandwaterbureau or @PortlandWater on Twitter with the hashtag #ShowYourH2O and you’ll be entered to win a LifeStraw personal filter for your emergency kit.
We also created an “I ♥ Preparedness” display of many different options for water storage at home, from the LifeStraw personal filter to a 55 gallon drum and many, many options in between. Stackable WaterBricks were particularly popular. We brought our display throughout the city all month, demonstrating in downtown Portland, at the Portland Water Bureau’s Employee Safety Fair, at the Red Cross’ Prepare Out Loud event and at Aquifer Adventure.
In an emergency, everyone has a role to play. What’s your role?
One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an emergency is to have an emergency kit that includes water. People can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. In the Pacific Northwest, your kit should be able to sustain your entire household (pets too!) for 14 days. Experts predict that our region is overdue for a major earthquake that will severely damage water systems and other infrastructure. When this occurs, it will take time for emergency supplies to reach the greater Portland-metro area. You will need to rely on your own resources until help arrives.
Keep learning about safely storing water for an emergency. Need help getting started?
• See HOW to store your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• See WHERE to store your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• See WHAT types of containers to use for your emergency H2O. http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
• Using your own containers to store water for an emergency? Here’s how: http://bit.ly/storing-H2O
Check back at portlandoregon.gov/water/preparedness to keep learning.
It’s almost time to change your watering habits for the fall. This is a great time to prepare your garden and irrigation systems for the cold months ahead. Here are some tips:
For more information about using water wisely, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/conservation.
Today, distinguished guests joined the Portland Water Bureau, City of Portland, and Hoffman Construction Company to break ground on the Washington Park Reservoir Project. Once complete and online, the 12.4-million-gallon underground reservoir will supply water to Portland’s west side, including all downtown businesses and residents, 20 Portland public schools, five hospitals, the Oregon Zoo, and more than 60 parks.
“The time to invest in the next generation of Portland’s water infrastructure is now – and we are seizing the moment,” said Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr. “This project is an example of the many infrastructure improvements we are undertaking throughout the city to continue providing our customers with safe, reliable, high-quality water into the future.”
The new reservoir will be built to withstand a major earthquake and landslide while still maintaining the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs. A reflecting pool will be featured on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool constructed in the basin. The project complies with federal and state mandates, seismically strengthens key water infrastructure on Portland’s west side, and helps ensure a healthy, resilient, and secure water system.
Speakers at the groundbreaking event included:
The ceremony was held at the Washington Park Chiming Fountain.
Washington Park is open during project construction. For information about the project, including park impacts, travel options, and to sign up to receive monthly updates, please visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.
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The crane, pre-loaded on a 130-feet oversized truck trailer, will enter the site by traveling West Burnside Road, to Southwest Tichner Drive, to Southwest Kingston Avenue, to Southwest Sherwood Boulevard.
After being unloaded, the truck trailer will exit the park using Southwest Park Place.
What Travelers Can Expect
To avoid delays, plan ahead and detour around the crane’s route.
Enter the park using:
Exit the park using:
Safety is Priority
Safety is our number one priority when moving any type of heavy equipment into or out of the project worksite.
A pilot car will help navigate the oversize load through the neighborhood. Onsite staff will be using radio communications, orange flags, and two-way radios.
Park users and travelers are encouraged to move safely around the park. Please watch for detours and signage and follow direction from flaggers. The public is encouraged not follow construction vehicles or buses as they may enter restricted zones. All construction-related traffic impacts are subject to change.
The Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project entails constructing a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir in the same footprint of existing Reservoir 3 (upper) with a reflecting pool/water feature on top. Existing Reservoir 4 (lower) will be disconnected from the public drinking water system and a lowland wildlife habitat area, bioswale, and reflecting pool will be constructed in the basin.
The large crane will be used for the construction of the shoring wall and other activities in the project site. The crane will move back and forth, once assembled, on tracks that stand more than eight feet tall. It is anticipated the crane will remain onsite until 2018.
For additional project information and updates, contact the project hotline at 503-823-7030, e-mail Lindsay.Wochnick@portlandoregon,gov, or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.